Anthony Joshua has declared he’s ready to fight Deontay Wilder in his next outing in the ring.
However, with negotiations proving a hard nut to crack for the team of both heavyweight, Joshua revealed he would be fighting Dillian Whyte in Wembley on April 13, 2018.
Joshua and Wilder underwent talks during the summer for a unification bout from which the winner would emerge undisputed world heavyweight champion.
Protracted talks led to Joshua fighting his mandatory, Alexander Povetkin, in September, however.
Wilder then agreed terms with lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for a fight on December 1, for which The Bronze Bomber is currently training.
After dispatching of Povetkin in seven rounds, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has since turned his attention back to Wilder.
The WBC champion’s team have been difficult to negotiate with, though, as they focus on December 1 while Hearn wants AJ’s next bout agreed by then.
The Matchroom Sport director has Wembley Stadium booked on 13 April 2019 for Joshua’s next fight.
Speaking about the date to Sky Sports, Joshua confirmed: “I am not out again until next year, April 13.
“You know we’re ready, Wilder. Whatever, we are ready.
“Just be realistic on the negotiations because that’s your issue not mine.”
Speaking about the announcement of Whyte vs Chisora II, scheduled for December 22, Joshua continued: “But this isn’t about me, this is about Chisora-Whyte. I am looking forward to that fight, I will be there.
“It’s a blessing to take myself out of training and go and watch these guys go and perform and see it from a different point of view.
“If I was a betting man? I want Chisora to win because he’s my guy, north west London.”
The heavyweights last fought as the main support on Joshua’s undercard in December 2016, stealing the show with a barnstorming 12 rounds from which Whyte was named the winner via split decision.
Despite backing Chisora, Joshua expressed his desire to fight Whyte, who he knocked out in December 2015.
“And Dillian, I want him to win because I want to box him again,” the WBO, WBA and IBF champion said.
“Come April 13, if Wilder doesn’t step up, they’re my two options.
“Good luck to Chisora, good luck to Whyte, they’re both relevant wins for me.”